• dave replied to the topic My story in the forum Group logo of Gaming addictionGaming addiction 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Welcome Jim! I could so relate to gaming becoming all about competition and achievement and stressful and to the horrible mood swings when I would try to not game for a day or two. What helped me get free was the online meetings here. Hearing others who went through exactly what I did and got out, gave me hope and direction and a feeling I…[Read more]

  • jim started the topic My story in the forum Group logo of Gaming addictionGaming addiction 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    To start it off, my name is Jim I am dislexic. I am 26 years old and have been avidly gaming online since I was just 6 years old on one of the first online games Diablo 1. I had gamed previously on the nes and sega a considerable amount, but what really got me was multi-player. It didn’t take long before gaming turned into complete competition. I…[Read more]

  • Your experience sounds a lot like mine. I had games where I could play a few rounds and stop easily and games where I wanted to stop after two hours and didn’t stop until six hours later.

    So of course I have tried sticking to the simple solitaire games since they seemed so harmless. It worked fine for a while, then I was playing them more and…[Read more]

  • Hello,

    Not sure where to start, so I’ll just jump right in. I’ve somewhat been wanting to play spades online; however, I’m wondering if I do try will that count as a relaspe?

    I have played this game before my recovery but never really for long periods of time. If I do try it and I notice that there will be a problem and stop (before binge…[Read more]

  • sarah posted an update in the group Group logo of Gaming addictionGaming addiction 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Hello all

    I need help. I have been concerned about my son (now he is 19) for many, many years. My heart was telling me there’s a problem, and I listened, but I did not know what to do. Now, I am confronted w/ strong evidence of a problem, just today, finding out he used all $800 of grandparents’ gift money on games rather than paying for…[Read more]

    • It’s very hard. We want to give our kids the best help to get on in life. But your son’s actions show that he is in trouble. This loss of $800 is a huge flag waving in the breeze that should not be written off lightly. He needs to start paying that back to you by earning the money somehow.

      How willing is he to engage in therapy? Does he admit he…[Read more]

  • I remember the days of ultimatums that were dismissed/ignored. One of the ones we told our son was that we’d send him to boarding school if the time ever came when we couldn’t control him at home. He has since told us that he never believed we’d follow through, since we never had. That’s the problem with ultimatums; you can’t give an ‘or else’…[Read more]

  • First off, he’s at that age when every kid wants to break away from his parents and be independent, and from what you described, he doesn’t sound that different than a lot of kids today, or really that much different than a lot of kids ‘yesterday.’ Any animosity or bad behavior toward you is likely more age related than computer ‘addiction’…[Read more]

  • My son has returned home from college for the summer. His grades are not good, considering his class rank in High School and brilliant PSAT. My husband and I work hard to come up with the crazy high college tuition and we know he does nothing but LOL in his room every night at college. He has made no new friends at college, except those from High…[Read more]